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A-Level – Art & Photography

WJEC AS and A level Art / Photography

Overview

The new specification within Art and Design at AS/A Level provides an exciting opportunity for the production of a portfolio of art work focusing on a range of creative arts. Pupils are provided with the opportunity to experiment with and explore a range of materials and artistic medias, throughout the two years.

In year 12 the AS qualification provides pupils with the opportunity to develop an extended, exploratory project/portfolio and outcome/s based on the themes and subject matter which are personal and meaningful to the student.

In year 13 part one of the A Level qualification enables pupils to build on their skills learnt through a personal presented portfolio developing a theme of their choice. Part two stretches their development further by focusing on an externally set theme, students prepare an outcome through planning, experimentation and research In order to create a final outcome achieved through a 15 hour sustained focus period.

Progression

The course is ideal for pupils who have enjoyed all areas of art and design in years 10 and 11, wishing to expand their skills and art knowledge in order to carry the subjects forward into one of many art and design professions. Pupils have the opportunity to focus on all aspects of art through the ‘Art and Design’ focus, or narrow their focus into one of the many creative art themes provided, such as Photography, Graphic Design, Three Dimensional Design, Ceramics, Surface Pattern Design, Print Making and Textiles. Pupils are provided with the opportunity to expand their understanding through evaluation and exploratory written outcome analyzing their own work developing a creative vocabulary using specialist terminology.

 

Year Unit Title Details
12 AS Unit 1 Personal Creative Enquiry 40% of qualification 160 marks
An in-depth portfolio of creative outcomes based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance to the student. Pupils will explore a range of medias and art processes
13 A2 Unit 2 Personal Investigation 36% of qualification 160 marks
An in-depth portfolio of creative outcomes based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance to the students A written element of 1000 words minimum that clearly relates to their practical outcomes.
13 A2 Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment 24% of the qualification 100 marks
The externally set assignment materials are to be released to students from 1 February (in the second year of the course) and will consist of a series of visual and written questions/stimuli. Students select their themes from the externally set question/stimuli.Preparatory work on the selected theme will inform an outcome created in a period of 15 hours sustained focus.

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